As February is known for being a month dedicated to and all about love, Spectrum invited team members to spread some love by giving back to a cause they are passionate about. From food insecurity to spending time with shelter animals to organizing fundraisers, a variety of issues were supported as part of Spectrum Spreads Some Love.
Read this article from Account Supervisor and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team member Audrey Uchimoto to learn more about the impetus behind Spectrum Spreads Some Love.
Read this article from Senior Account Executive and CSR team member Olivia Ciardi for a reflection on our efforts and how CSR can provide support and reassurance during troubled times.
Some areas Spectrumites made an impact:
Supporting our Furry Friends
Account Supervisor Audrey Uchimoto coordinated a group of neighbors to participate in Main Line Animal Rescue’s “Paint Your Pet”. She also donated two bags of tennis balls for the shelter dogs to play with on Valentine’s Day.
Fellow animal lover Heather Jackson, Senior Account Executive, took donations like toys, cleaning supplies and food to the Atlanta Humane Society to help pups and cats in need. Heather’s dog, Ruby (pictured), was also pretty excited about it!
Colleen Zewe, Account Executive, volunteered with the cats at West Suburban Humane Society in the Chicago suburbs. While this involved scooping litter and doing dishes, it also involved a lot of cat snuggles—worth it!
Helping Eradicate Food Insecurity
Several team members helped increase access to healthy, nutritious foods. Montana Morris, Senior Account Executive, volunteered at the Bowery Mission—a non-profit that serves homeless New Yorkers and provides valuable services. New York Spectrumites Vanessa Chavez-Bravo, Human Resources Coordinator, and Ally Stubin, Senior Account Executive, unpacked boxes of produce, frozen foods and canned goods and distributed bags to those in need living in East Harlem and the Upper East Side.
In DC, a group of Spectrumites (Maggie Brenan, Assistant Account Executive; Brendi Bluitt, Assistant Account Executive; Wanda Clark-Smith, Office Manager; Olivia Ciardi, Senior Account Executive; Lauren Keefer, Account Director; and Anna Longsworth, Assistant Account Executive) packaged 500 bags of canned goods for Bread for the City, a DC coalition that provides food and clothes to low-income communities. Insert names/titles.
Our Tucson Spectrumites Michelle Strier (Chief Strategy Officer), Alex Von Bergen (Associate Director, Brand Strategy) and Emma Waters (Senior Art Director) made sack lunches for the Primavera Foundation Casa Paloma Women’s drop-in center and residence in Arizona. The shelter is a place where women, many of whom are victims of domestic violence, can come for a meal, a shower, resources and a place to hang.
Making Global Impact
Given recent situations abroad, several Spectrumites chose to use this initiative to support individuals in Ukraine. Jaclyn Krongold, Vice President, supported Veselka, a Ukrainian owned restaurant in the Lower East side, Manhattan. She also partnered with a local organization in her community dedicated to helping orphanages and hospitals.
Maya Robotti, Senior Vice President, is collecting supplies from batteries to baby formula to clothes to diapers and first aid kits that will be shipped to the Ukraine border for asylum-seekers and to Ukrainians on the ground.
Mikala Whitaker, Account Supervisor, volunteered with the Komak Foundation to help provide clothes and other necessities to refugees from Afghanistan who are resettling in Northern Virginia.
Supporting Future Leaders
In support of building up our future leaders, Social Media Director Allison Gnaegy attended a trivia night and fundraiser for Legal Prep Charter Academy, a West-side Chicago school. This is Chicago’s only legal themed high school, supporting the next generation of lawyers and leaders.
Sam Loyola, Vice President, hosted glow in the dark dance classes to raise funds for Partners in Development, an organization supporting families in need and foster children in Hawaii.
Health and Wellness
As a company committed to helping people reach their best health lives, it was no surprise that some of our team members found ways to give back in this area. Katie Felsheim, Senior Account Executive, met up with fellow Spectrumite Olivia Ciardi, Senior Account Executive, to make valentines for the children at the Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital in Northern Virginia.
Britt Smith, Social Media Strategist, attended an Orangetheory Donation class to raise money for the American Heart Association and its mission to fight for a world of longer, healthier lives.
Caring for Our Environment
Spectrumites also supported environmental causes. Shay Ashline, Director, Scientific Strategy, donated to the ADK Mountain Club, which helps protect New York’s wild lands and waters through education, youth programming, trail work and stewardship.
Dana Lane, Associate, Brand Strategy, created a Facebook fundraiser for the Coral Restoration Foundation, a science-centered organization whose mission is to develop and implement effective strategies for protecting and restoring endangered coral reefs.
Overall, Spectrumites put in numerous hours to volunteer, plan events and participate in activities to give back to local communities. Several smaller groups were able to not only volunteer together, but also connect with one another outside of the workplace and make a difference in the lives of others. Additionally, many Spectrumites donated to local, national and global charities they support, including Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding Center, B Strong, The Cause for Orphan Relief, Surfrider Foundation, Backpack Buddies, Philadelphia SPCA, California-Hawaii Elks Association, Head for the Cure Foundation, Food Bank of the Rockies and Wildlife Conservation Society.
What started as a one-time idea from the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team has grown and inspired others to find ways to give back on a more regular basis.